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Greene County sheriff wants more deputies in SWAT training

SWAT Instructor Blake Williams shows how to enter a barricaded home (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook) SWAT Instructor Blake Williams shows how to enter a barricaded home (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook)
SWAT Instructor Blake Williams shows how to enter a barricaded home (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook) SWAT Instructor Blake Williams shows how to enter a barricaded home (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook)
GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Greene County sheriff's deputies are getting a little extra training.

Sheriff David Carter wants every deputy to get SWAT training.

Carter said there is no such thing as too much training and he knows it will be a process, but it is also an asset for his department.

“We want every deputy SWAT trained,” Carter said. “They are learning a lot of stuff. I watched them yesterday on house clearing and it is good training.”

There are currently three Greene County deputies enrolled in SWAT training at Black River Technical College.

Carter hopes his deputies can finish the week-long training and then carry it throughout the year.

The training does cost money, which is why it may take a while for the department to get every deputy enrolled.

“The biggest cost is they are shooting live ammo. Ammo is kind of expensive," Carter said. "They are shooting 600 rounds of rifle and 600 rounds pistol per officer so that is the most expensive part."

The funding is coming out of the department’s budget, which has a section specifically for training purposes.

Carter wants his deputies trained so they are ready for whatever comes their way and they can assist other departments, if needed.

“In case something bad happens at a school or local stores here and we have an incident, we will all be working together so this training makes it better,” Carter said.

Carter plans to send four more deputies to the next training class.

He said his deputies have enjoyed the training so far and he cannot wait for others to experience it.

“More training is one of the things I told them we would do," Carter said. "We will do as much training as they can handle. Who doesn’t love kicking in a door and busting out a window.”

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